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Brian's Favorite Sauce Recipe

Brian's Favorite Sauce

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"A favorite spaghetti sauce with my sons - especially Brian. Serve over your favorite pasta. Simmering the sauce for longer will result in a deeper flavor. Adjust the seasonings as you like."

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  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat saute chopped onion and garlic in the oil. Break up sausage into small pieces and brown. Add tomato sauce, ground black pepper, dried oregano, dried basil, chopped tomatoes, salt, sugar and cayenne pepper; stir well. Let simmer uncovered 15 to 30 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 20, 2003

GREAT sauce, brown meat and veggies than throw it all in the crock to simmer all day....LEFTOVER SAUCE recipe= toast english muffins, add some sauce and mozzerella cheese, pop into 375 oven until cheese melts...everyone loves em'.....

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 20, 2006

Sorry, but *my* Brian rates this 3 stars. This is due to the brand of sausage I used - Meijer's sweet Italian sausage links. This was the first time I've cooked with them, and quite honestly, they were horrible - gristly, tasteless, nasty texture. They spoiled it really. Otherwise, the taste was pretty good. I might try this again but with sausage I know we like. Thanks, anyway.

Aug 06, 2003

Great starter sauce!! Basically, this recipe gives you a good base and then you add extras depending on your tastes. I read some of the previous reviews and used less stewed tomatoes and added a can of tomato paste. I also added red pepper flakes for a nice kick and a pinch more sugar. NOTE: You absolutely have to simmer this for 3-4 hours, minimum. I tried a taste after about an hour and was disappointed. I waited four hours later and was blown away by how much difference the simmering made. A definite winner!!

Aug 29, 2002

Excellent sauce! I made it for a family dinner and everyone loved it!! It's a keeper!

Jun 21, 2005

I make a double batch at a time of this sauce. It freezes well and seems to actually taste better when re-heated on the stove. (Not microwave.) The recipe makes a delicious sauce without many changes. I usually add meatballs when it's nearly done and omit the sausage. Sometimes I increase the ceyenne pepper for more of a bite. I've added fresh mushrooms, black olives, and fresh tomatoes. They all work well. Also it REALLY benefits from a long simmer: I simmer it on very low heat for up to three hours and the flavor is drastically improved. Excellent recipe. But give it time to cook!!

Sep 24, 2003

Brian, you done good. I read all the reviews for this recipe and made it yesterday in a crockpot. As with any recipe, we modify it to suit our own tastes. The result: the best I've ever made. I didn't want the fat from the meat so I made a meatless sauce. Taking others' suggestions, I doubled all the seasonings. I added 1/2+ cup of red wine, a can of tomato paste and I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 4 cans of tomato sauce vs. the opposite. It's the best consistency and flavor ever! Thanks. It's a keeper.

Jul 23, 2003

Thanks Marian for submitting this really is delicious. I used hot italian sausage instead of sweet and didn't add the cayenne. I only used a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes...and still had quite a bit of sauce. I do agree with other reviewers that the longer you let this simmer the better it will taste. That is usually the case with a lot of pasta sauces. Thanks again!!

Oct 10, 2003

excellent sauce! i used more ground beef and 3 extra sausages. other than that the sauce is wonderful! Planning on making it again and freezing it!


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  • Calories
  • 501 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.2 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 58 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 37.5 g
  • 58%
  • Fiber
  • 4.8 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 15.4 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 2374 mg
  • 95%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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